This earlier swoon appears as a hyperbolic rendering of idealized female frailty and impalpability
, which by its very excess makes swooning a conscious act of playful, powerful escape from being "[held] fast" by a self-aggrandizing vision.
In fact, even by the low standards of such enterprises, Dukakis's economic strategy has a spectral impalpability
Dusk suggests the ephemerality of vision; water, the impalpability
of image and light.
The color on which the figure is drawn and the color of the paper on which he is about to draw are, of course, the same, but the latter is opaque and solid, while the former has the transparency and impalpability
of the atmosphere.